Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Readings: Genesis Chapter 3 verses 9-15, 20 / Psalm 98 verses 1, 2-3AB, 3CD-4 / Ephesians Chapter 1 verses 3-6, 11-12 / Luke Chapter 1 verses 26-38.

Oh, Mary who conceived without sin! Pray for us that we may be worthy of the promises of Christ. What joy we have in knowing that Mary’s yes would have changed the world. God gives us all many chances and opportunities to be able to reveal God’s abundant love and forgiveness to those in our lives. Perhaps many women were asked and were afraid to say yes. God already knew who would say yes. God knew from the beginning that this Mary of Nazareth would be the Christ bearer, the ‘Theotokos’ as our Orthodox sisters and brothers refer to our blessed mother.  Mary because of her bringing to life the herald of God from womb to birth, walking with Jesus through his life, death, and resurrection, her body, living as a living tabernacle, helped in God’s plan to bring God’s love to our world. In this celebration, we refer to Mary as one who was born and conceived without sin.

We too hold God in our hearts. We too who have been born free from sin and cannot allow ourselves to be bogged down from the sins, the short comings of our families, thinking that they will stifle us from being who God has truly called us to be. That is just us putting up excuses and barriers in our way. Letting others get in our heads.

Friends, if we truly believe that the God of creation forgives sins and if we are truly sorry for our sins, when  we have failed to love, let us resolve ourselves to know that what we give birth to has merit. Has integrity. Has love. If we truly mean it. This day is special (December 8th), to me because I said yes to a local municipality government service job and retired twenty years later the same day. I was truly blessed and protected. I am truly grateful for this employment. I hope I gave birth to it in the way God intended. Blessings!

+ Michael


Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

Readings: Isaiah Chapter 11 verses 1-10 / Psalm 72 verses 1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 / Luke Chapter 10 verses 21-24

Sisters and Brothers I think we need to remember that when we approach God that it may be a good idea that we have to become childlike leaving ourselves open, vulnerable to allow God’s Spirit to enter so we may be able to at least begin to hear God speaking to us. We need not waste so much time trying to approach God with our adult selves with our preconceived notions. When we do that, we stifle our own selves as we hang on to our own agendas.  Preventing the Spirit to be able to work through us.

I think if we can tap into our inner child and approach God with childlike qualities holding on to that inner child, we can embrace God with simplicity, faith, and the opportunity to open our true selves to receive God’s blessing wanting to receive God and to know more of God. If we believe in the example of Jesus, God’s servant, and if we believe in how Jesus came to God and the way Jesus did it, then we will believe in Jesus and in the One who sent him. We too can and will know that this is far beyond us. A child has no care than other to be loved. We want to learn and come to that which will complete us. In the same manner we approach a parent(s) or someone we admire. We will live learning more about the world and in the process learn more about ourselves as we come to God with open arms.

rev. Michael

Feast of the Holy Family


Fr. Peter Sanchez- Fourth Sunday of Advent- Parish of Saints Francis and Clare- Wilton Manors, Florida



Inclusive Lectionary reading: 1 Samuel Chapter 1 verses 24-28 / 1 Samuel Chapter 2 verses 1, 4-7, 8ABCD /  Luke Chapter 1 verses 46-56.


Today’s readings have revealed to me that I cannot take those entrusted to me as my property.  Each person in my life, my spouse, my children, my family members, friends, church family, every person I am responsible for in some way are gifts from God.  It is my job to lead them to the realization of how much God loves them.   Be blessed!

(rev.) Michael Theogene




Inclusive Lectionary reading: Song of Songs Chapter 2 verses 8-14 / Psalm 33 verses 2-3, 11-12, 20-21 /  Luke Chapter 1 verses 39-45.

How much do we love God? Why do we sometimes find it easier to love others around us, who are in the flesh instead of loving someone who is not present to us in physical form? I am reminded of two former co-workers who were from Yemen and were practicing Muslims. They both were introduced to their respective spouses at about age 5 or 6 years old. They both never saw their spouse again until they walked down the aisle to profess their wedding vows. My co-workers were in an arranged marriage, orchestrated by their parents at early ages. Fast forward to the present, they both continue to speak of how in love they are with their spouses. Yes, they may have been a physical beauty, but both continue in their marriages of many years with grown children. What were their thoughts of their supposed beloved who they would not have seen for close to twenty (20) years? What might have they been thinking for so many years, who they knew who they were going to marry, by name perhaps, but no contact? Any courtships, were photos shown how their future wives would look like?

Friends, I am not advocating for or against arranged marriages, but the ability that we have to love, fall in love and keep falling in love with a Creator God who first loved us even before we were formed in the womb. Well maybe God is allowed to cheat since God had a first glance before our physical existence. The same way parents fall in love with a child before physical birth or the arrival of a child that is being adopted, the parents are slowly, steadily falling in love.

Let’s us not only fall in love with who we see but fall in love with those who are not in front of us. Loving the beauty of their souls not their physical looks. Seeing God within them and cherishing the gift they are in our lives.

+Michael Theogene




Inclusive Lectionary reading: Isaiah Chapter 7 verses 10-14 / Psalm 24 verses 1-2, 3-4AB, 5-6 /  Luke Chapter 1 verses 26-38.

Friends, what are the blessings have we had among ourselves? What specifically can you recall, the choicest blessing that was bestowed upon you or someone you know?  Were you able to recognize it as a blessing?

When events such as these have taken place in our lives, what was our reaction? Did we tell anyone else about it? Did we display an attitude of gratitude?

We prayer thanking God for the many wonderful blessings for those things seen and not seen. Amen.

(rev.) Michael Theogene



Inclusive Lectionary reading: Judges Chapter 13 verses 2-7, 24-25A / Psalm 71 verses 3-4A, 5-6AB, 16-17 /  Luke Chapter 1 verses 5-25.

Silence! Friends, what a great gift silence can be. I am always admired by the Benedictine Monks of Weston Priory who seem to always enter into silence when it comes to times of prayer, work, conversation and when making big decisions that effect the community.

Sometimes I feel, for myself, when I don’t take the time to pause prior to speaking or praying and rush into hasty choices, not giving the due time needed to do so, it becomes a recipe for disaster, like Zechariah who was silenced.  I know that there are times when we need to make quick decisions on a spur of the moment, but when we have that opportunity to truly did deep and allow God to work through us, it is then we can hear God speaking to us.   

Sisters and brothers, we may not necessarily have the freedom as those in religious life, living in community who may have the ability to wait several months or a year to decide, or listening to someone in need and knowing that the best thing to do at times is not speak, giving advice, but to simply listen. Just listen! As the saying goes, ‘Silence is golden!’ Be blessed!

+Michael Theogene



Inclusive Lectionary reading: Jeremiah Chapter 23 verses 5-8 / Psalm 72 verses 1-2, 12-13, 18-19 /  Matthew Chapter 1 verses 18-25.

Friends, in my immediate family, a family member and his wife had just recently given birth to a baby girl. The baby was named after his mother-in-law who is at present seriously ill. I think back to looking at the meaning of our names. The names we are given do not necessarily define who we are, but in some way shows the character of what our family would like to attribute to the child’s upbringing. They can be religious connotations or secular. We also take into consideration not only attributes in the meaning of our names (first name) but also our last names which would have our cultural heritage which may denote where or what family tribe we have stemmed from. For instance, I am stemming from a Caribbean Haitian background, with my name, ‘Theogene’, meaning ‘tribe or family of God’.  Haiti in its history was visited by Greek sailors, hence the many Greek sounding names among Haitians, even with the French, African, & Spanish influences.

Sisters and brothers, Jesus healed people in many ways but also in the way of simple acknowledging them as a person, as a human being. This was not done to control as Jesus did when dealing with healing those who were probable possessed but the beauty and sanctity of showing people that, yes, you too are a child of God. A person on a journey, like everyone else who is called as priest, prophet, and royal child.  No different, and no less. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

What is in your name?

What have you been called to?

What do you believe that you are birthed to do?

Have you been consistent with what you feel you were called to?

Have you completed it, or do you still have more to do?

Have you been called to do more, elsewhere?

Be blessed!

(rev.) Michael Theogene